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Geek Heaven!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Yes, it's a sad insight into the human condition to witness how material things can bring us such pleasure......BUT I AM REALLY DIGGING MY IPHONE 5 AND ALL ITS GEEKY APPS!!!!!

Some of you remember my existential angst from last week when I witnessed how totally inadequate my stone-age iPhone 4 was in the spin class I took where a guy was sporting an iPhone 5 on the bike next to me (

So this past weekend I upgraded my phone (and for anyone considering this, I also sold my iPhone 4 on line for $225 which more than made up for the upgrade....I used and had it sold in less than 24 hours!) I also ordered up a nifty new Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor from Amazon, the Polar H7

Then I downloaded the Digifit App on to my phone ( ) and voilĂ , today I took them all for a test drive during spin class....I was in Geek Heaven!

No more puny, single digit readout of just your heart rate! No more squinting down at a watch display to see what zone I'm in! Today I had bright, technicolor charts painting the total picture at a pedal-by-pedal glance!

I don't know how I ever forced myself to exercise before under such barbaric conditions! How in this techno-logic age could I suffer from such a dearth of instantaneous information, at a glance, at my fingertips!

Needless to say I am shamelessly impressed by all this. It appeals to me in a Rainman-esque infatuation with numbers, data, and tabulated information.....instead of collecting notebooks full of Judge Wopner's decisions, I love compiling charts and files with heart rates, miles, pace, cadence, weights lifted, etc, etc, etc.

I think this phone, blutooth HRM, and Digifit app combo has a lot more capability under its hood too. There are some pretty cool fitness test assessments it can run, there are map overlays for taking it out during runs or bike rides, even some pretty cool custom routines you can build.

So, more to follow....this isn't the last you'll hear me speak of this...but for now, this geek has to go get his steampunk goggles ready for his ultimate cosplay role during next week's DungeonCon....does anyone have some Vulcan ears I can borrow (PS, I can say that in Klingon AND Elvish!)

Have a great night Spark friends!
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